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Edit Nikon D750 MOV in FCP X/iMovie/Premiere Pro

This post describes a workaround to convert Nikon D750 footage for editing on Mac iMovie, Premiere Pro, and FCP X with optimum performance. If you are looking for a solution to do this, you may wish to read it.

I want to put Nikon D750 footage into FCP X for further editing?

I have a bunch of H.264 .mov recordings from my Nikon D750 camera. Now I want to transfer them to my iMac and then put them into FCP X for further editing. How do I do? It seems that FCP X doesn’t work well with H.264 files. I heard that H.264 MOV video files should be converted to ProRes which maintains high quality but compatible with FCP X. Is there any freeware or shareware to convert Nikon D750 H.264 *.mov files to ProRes? Thanks for any recommendations.”
The Nikon D750 is more like a Nikon D610 with inbuilt Wi-Fi, a tilt screen and updated video skills. The key features of Nikon D750 include a 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and 1080p video capture capability up to 60fps. If you are shooting with a Nikon D750, you will find like other Nikon DSLRs, the D750 records video files in H.264 QuickTime MOV recording format. If you plan on transferring Nikon D750 MOV footage to Mac for editing through iMovie, FCE or FCP X, you will need to convert them to a format that is best suited for your editing programs, so as to expect an optimum performance. Go to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to transcode Nikon D750 MOV to AIC for editing in iMovie and rewrap Nikon D750 H.264 MOV to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X.

Software requirement

Video Converter for Mac

Free download Acrok HD Video Converter for MacFree download Acrok HD Video Converter for Windows

You are able to drag all your Nikon D750 files to this program and convert then all at once. You don’t have to stay there and do one at a time.

Edit D750 Videos on Mac – how to encode Nikon D750 MOV footage to compatible files for iMovie, FCE and FCP X?

To do this:

Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Nikon D750 MOV Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.

Nikon MOV Video Converter-convert Nikon MOV video on Mac and Windows

Step 2: Select output format for your editing program

To convert Nikon D750 MOV for iMovie/FCE, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.

Nikon D750 FCP X/Premiere Pro-Import D750 MPEG-4 video into FCP X/Premiere Pro

To transcode D750 MOV files for FCP X, select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is also workable in its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.

Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)

If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Begin Nikon D750 H.264 MOV Conversion on Mac

When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files or ProRes MOV files for editing in iMovie, FCP X or Premiere Pro CC with optimum performance.


If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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